fairy ring


Definition of fairy ring

1 : a ring of basidiomycetous mushrooms produced at the periphery of a body of mycelium which has grown outward from an initial growth point also : a ring of luxuriant vegetation especially when associated with these mushrooms
2 : a mushroom (especially Marasmius oreades) that commonly grows in fairy rings

Examples of fairy ring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These fast-growing descendant trees — often found growing in a circle, called a fairy ring, around the original stumps — make up 95 percent of the redwood acreage across the state. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Big grove of old-growth Santa Cruz redwoods saved, helping species restoration," 30 Jan. 2020 One contends that the grass formed fairy rings itself in an attempt to survive and take advantage of limited resources in arid desert environments. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Dueling Theories on the Cause of “Fairy Circles” Could Both Be Right," 18 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of fairy ring

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fairy ring

from the folk belief that such rings were dancing places of the fairies

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The first known use of fairy ring was in 1870

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“Fairy ring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairy%20ring. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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